Women’s volleyball streaks
Spartans take down Mount Royal again.
In contrast to the Men’s team and their historic three-game losing streak, the women came into their weekend set with Mount Royal in Calgary riding a five-game winning streak. The women also had to deal with some external pressure; they had a two-game buffer over third place Alberta but remained one game behind powerhouse UBC for top spot. Gaining top spot would be a big boon for the women’s team because it would assure a bye straight finally to the final four, which would then be played in Langley. Staying in second however, would force Trinity Western University into a three-game playoff series before the Final Four and ensure that the next meeting with UBC would be in Vancouver, where the Thunderbirds have been practically untouchable for the past six years.
With the T-birds still within reach, the Spartans came out strong and rocked the Cougars on Friday night. The Spartans controlled the game early and often as they held the Cougars to a paltry .021 attack percentage. They also out-blocked the Cougars 18-4 and held a plus-eight advantage in digs.
The Spartans had another strong performance from the attack line, paced primarily by Amber Brown, Amy Ott, and Alicia Perrin who combined for 30 of the team’s 39 kills. They were efficient and effective and that was what they needed to win in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15.
The Spartans wore the Cougars down and pulled away to win the final two sets with ease, but Mount Royal responded with a much better effort one night later.
It was to be expected that a solid team like the Cougars would fight hard to keep from being run off their own court on consecutive nights. On Saturday night, the Cougars did just that, pushing TWU in every set and even took the second stanza. The Spartans overcame the Cougars good effort, this time behind a much more balanced attacking effort as seven different players recorded four or more kills. The offense was led by Ott with 14 kills, but Nicole Bazin had the best night of all, committing no errors and finishing with a crazy efficient .571 attack percentage.
The two wins for TWU pushed their win streak to seven games and gave them a lot of momentum heading into the final home stretch of the regular season. The Spartans can clinch second place in Canada West this weekend against Calgary at home in what could be a preview of a first-round playoff series. The women will close out the season on the road against third place Alberta; TWU will need to run the table and get some help in order